bumpy. republicans have slashed billions for food stamps and the fight over the budget is just beginning. nbc's tracie potts joins us live from washington. this deadline is coming up quick. have negotiations even begun? >> reporter: not really. you can't really call them negotiations. they are talking at each other instead of to each other here on capitol hill. the vote that's happening today is going to affect so-called obama care trying to pull the money out of that to keep this government running until ten days before christmas. the latest budget battle puts soldiers' paychecks, medicare, student loans, even food stamps at risk. >> it's beyond cat ka liz mik. >> reporter: those who could lose food stamps are jobless. >> this bill is cruel, even heartless. >> reporter: today's battle, obama care, stripping the money out of the health program.